Coach Craig Fitzgibbon has saluted Nicho Hynes’ tenacity after the re-signed halfback dragged Cronulla again into the combat to say a 22-12 NRL win over an ill-disciplined Sydney Roosters.
Hynes stole the present for the Sharks, breaking the second half open with a weaving run to arrange Blayke Brailey’s 71st minute go-ahead strive at Shark Park.
The playmaker’s heroics got here after he inked a contract extension final week which is able to preserve him with the Sharks till the top of 2029.
“It was about time he had a crack,” Fitzgibbon joked.
“The present of religion from the membership is an indication of how a lot we imagine in him.”
Cronulla had been helped by the actual fact the Roosters continued to shoot themselves within the foot.
Trent Robinson’s males gave away 14 penalties – an NRL document for the reason that introduction of the six-again in 2020 – and had three gamers despatched to the sinbin by Grant Atkins.
The referee despatched Nat Butcher to the bin within the first half for a hip-drop deal with on Briton Nikora.
He additionally binned Brandon Smith (excessive shot) and Victor Radley (skilled foul) to take a seat out the dying phases of the sport after Brailey’s strive.
“I did not really feel like we misplaced our manner after that (Brailey strive),” mentioned Robinson, who criticised the bunker for failing to award a attempt to Roosters ahead Lindsay Collins.
“It was fairly clear from the angles that I noticed that the ball was on the road.
“I assumed that was a poor excuse (to help) the on-field resolution. There have been sufficient angles to say it was on the road.”
Robinson’s males had been sloppy within the opening phases with Butcher’s sin-binning permitting the Sharks to hit the lead by a Matt Moylan strive.
The Roosters pegged them again with tries to Egan Butcher and Smith to go 12-8 up on the halftime break.
Sharks winger Ronaldo Mutiltalo locked the sport up at 12-12 within the forty fifth minute and what adopted was a pulsating arm wrestle.
Hynes proved the distinction maker and, after making life tough for the Roosters’ again three along with his kicking recreation, it was his resolution to run which put the Sharks within the ascendancy.
Brailey’s attempt to a late one for Nikora put the gloss on a strong victory for Fitzgibbon’s males, who’ve begun the yr with a 3-3 begin and face Canterbury subsequent week.
“The trouble has been there however we have labored on these technical points,” mentioned Fitzgibbon.
“It does not get fastened in a day, it is quite a lot of accumulative work.”
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